ST. LOUIS, MO (Shane Gray, Missouri Sports Media) – From 2007 through 2011, St. Louis Rams fans were arguably given less to cheer for, to support or to enjoy than any NFL fan base ever while collectively agonizing through a torturous and cruel 15-65 stretch that equated to the worst five year winning percentage in league history.
In fact, pointing out the league’s all-time worst five year run but scratches the proverbial surface of how pitiful the Rams were over the aforementioned period. Yes — when digging deeper — St. Louis fans endured an even more impoverished run than “worst ever” would indicate:
-The Rams were outscored by a grand total of 922 points over the last five campaigns.
-St. Louis was beaten by an average of 11.53 points per game — or nearly two touchdowns every time they took the field. Simply put, the Rams didn’t just lose — but on the whole — were frighteningly uncompetitive.
-The Rams shattered a franchise record by losing 17 consecutive games during a stretch that included parts of the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
-On the road, St. Louis fell nine times in a row during a streak that involved portions of 2008 and 2009.
-The Rams suffered six of the franchise’s 16 most lopsided defeats ever in the last five years. When considering the organization has 74 seasons under its’ belt dating back to 1937, it is absolutely stunning that nearly 40 percent of its’ largest losses occurred in what equates to less than seven percent of its’ total seasons.
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St. Louis Rams Season Preview – 2012
By ANDY BENOIT
Andy Benoit is previewing all 32 N.F.L. teams. He’s entering the home stretch with the last division, the N.F.C. West. First up are the St. Louis Rams.
The St. Louis Rams have been fighting a lot of fires lately. There was a somewhat chaotic change in ownership in 2010, followed this off-season by what the club claims are baseless musings of another change on the horizon. The team is squabbling with the local government about its stadium lease; it publicly backed out of a deal to play home games in London in 2013 and 2014; and has had to deflect rumors that a move back to Los Angeles could happen in the near future.
Stan Kroenke, the owner, can live with this drama and chaos. It’s part of doing business on a near-billion-dollar scale. What Kroenke can’t live with is the losing. Perhaps that too, in some ways, is part of doing business. But when the losing amounts to 14 games in a single season, it becomes a powerful force against your bottom line.
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It’s one of the more commonly used phrases about today’s National Football League – “It’s a quarterback-driven league.”
It’s a ubiquitous expression because it’s an accurate one.
This Saturday, August 4, the St. Louis Rams will open the Edward Jones Dome for the first-ever Fan Fest, presented by Charter, which will feature a live scrimmage, concession specials throughout the day including free popcorn and an opportunity for autographs following practice.
NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps over the next few weeks. Jeff Darlington details his visit with the St. Louis Rams.
1. Sam Bradford is on the verge of a big year — but does he have enough weapons? General manager Les Snead, speaking with NFL.com, said he isn’t at all concerned about the wide receiver position, citing competition and depth as two reasons why the end of training camp should reveal a few true playmakers.